Facebook’s boss, Mark Zuckerberg, refuses to testify at an international parliamentary hearing that will look at fake news and the Internet.
Canadian Conservative MP Bob Zimmer, Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and MP Damian Collins, Chair of the UK Parliamentary Committee on Media, wished to hear Mr Zuckerberg.
Facebook responded that its CEO will not participate in the November 27 hearing, although Australian, Argentinean and Irish parliamentarians have now decided to join their British and Canadian colleagues.
Mr. Collins asked Mr. Zuckerberg to reconsider, reminding him that the parliamentarians who will be present represent countries with 170 million Facebook users.
Mr Zuckerberg has already testified before the US Congress and the European Parliament. He has so far refused several invitations from the British committee, instead delegating chief technology chief Mike Schroepfer last time in April.
Aira Goldsmith is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. She’s based in NYC but travels much of the year. Aira has written for Buzz Feed, Motherboard, The Financial Post, and the Huffington Post. Aira is a business reporter, focusing on technology and markets.